The paintings on this website were produced by Antonie H. Los, an artist based in southern Ontario.

First of all, even before any further attempts are made by myself on this website, I should give credit to my son, Fraser, who has been instrumental in its creation. For that initial effort and his constant help, I’ll be eternally grateful since I could never have done it myself.

Secondly, I intend the ‘About’ page to be where I update current painting projects. Much of what was done in the period between 1960 and 1980 is no longer available to me to photograph, but, over time, I hope to visit whomever does have them so that I may be able to include it in this record.

Third, I also intend this page to be an open blog for anyone interested in asking questions they may have about the process that I have developed.

The camera I will be using is a Nikon D3100 which, although it is sufficient for capturing correct colour and texture, there are going to be obvious lensing artifacts. For the work displayed on the Home page, I would prefer to first have them done professionally, if at all possible.

With all of the above out of the way, the first painting that I considered good enough to keep and hang in my home was done from a black and white photograph of the woman I met in the early 60’s and who I eventually married in 1970. In the photo, taken in 1967, she was 17 years old, and the painting itself is loosely dated from about 1975 (because I can’t remember exactly when it was).

Diane Forman (1975? – acrylic on canvas – 16″ x 20″)

December 12, 2012

As mentioned above, I do intend to add current projects on this page and I have three paintings I’m currently working on. Two are ‘Dream Symbols’ and a third is a wintry street scene.

The dream symbols are often what is remembered just prior to becoming fully awake and I’ve been fascinated by such things quite a long while. Normally it’s just a scene… confusing and rather imponderable, but I’ve read too much CG Jung to discount these little messages from the unconsious out of hand.

The first is a tree in full leaf, but the view is both above and below ground. Underground, the tree trunk turns into a two-headed snake. Not sure what I’ll be calling the piece, but it does have elements of the caduceus (the symbol for medical practitioners). What it might mean to me, I have no idea, but I felt prompted to paint it anyways.

The second was much more direct and ominous. It was an empty swing, like the ones you see hung under strong tree branches for children. However, the swing was over water and empty. The smooth surface of the water had ripples moving from a point under the swing.

In all probability, the caduceus and the swing paintings will be done and posted within a week or two… likely before the new year.

The town scene, however, is a bit more complicated and I doubt it will be completed before most of 2013 has passed us all by.

December 13

The morning is sunny, which is rather unusual considering cloudy and cold have been the standard for weeks now. The snow, however, is still non-existent and only the pond is an ice-covered glistening snowy white.

The ‘caduceus’ dream symbol painting is almost complete and the final touches are being added today. I hope that the light will remain as bright as it is now so that it can be photographed and posted by the afternoon.

‘Empty Swing’, as I’m naming my other dream symbol, will have to wait for tomorrow before I do anymore to it and the wintry town scene has to wait until there’s an abundance of snow outside for me to be able to catch the varied hues snow picks up from the morning light.

January 12, ’13

Well, it’s been a while since I last updated this page. I blame winter, even though the snow shoveling hasn’t been too outrageous so far, like other years. I suppose it boils down to the open roads and the recent work I’m doing on the Urns Project. You can see it developing if you look at ‘Process’ in the category list. I figure another two weeks will finish it.

As for ‘Empty Swing’ and the town scene, they will have to wait for now.

I’m encouraged by the attention received from the bloggers here at WP and elsewhere. Thank you.

January 18, ’13

If you’ve stopped by this blog over the past couple of days, you might have noticed a change… my photographs have been disappearing off my Home page.

Keeping the Home page as the place to showcase my paintings is the reasoning behind this move, but, because I believe photography to be an art in itself, old photos and new will be added to my Photographs page.

The ‘Urns Project’ continues toward completion and I’ve already begun preparing two new birch panels for when it’s done.

September 24, ’13

I’m guilty of ignoring this page and, for that, I apologize. I’ll try to change that.

As you might have noticed, all my paintings that I’ve managed to photograph now reside on a new dedicated page and can be found on the header of the Home page under ‘Paintings’. This will make it much simpler to just view the work itself. Many more old paintings will be added as I get a chance to visit the various cities and towns where they currently hang in friends and relatives houses. For the most part, they are gifts presented at weddings, birthdays and other reasons, some many decades ago. It’ll take time.

Since the Urns painting was finished, there have been a series of 6 (so far) paintings based on particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider. You’d find all 6 and any further in the series posted on the new page.


194 Responses to About

  1. Thank you so much for following Petals Unfolding. It really means a lot to me. May my blog be a source of inspiration to you as it is to me. Love, Amy

  2. annetbell says:

    I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Please visit the page listed below. I hope you will accept the award and take a few minutes to nominate and encourage 15 other bloggers.

  3. kcinaz says:

    Lovely painting of your wife as a young woman. Thanks for stopping by my site. That lead me to yours. πŸ™‚

  4. Jasmin says:

    You, sir, have the blog I’ve been looking for. Thank you for finding mine.

  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post…Stay Rooted While Reaching for the Stars. Really like your artwork….

  6. Your work has a natural fluid quality to it. The forms and faces resonate with reality while also inviting a dream-like quality. Is that even possible? I believe so now…

    • masqua says:

      An interesting take on my work, Ann, and fairly accurate overall. I’ve always been interested in ‘visions’ of every type, from pareidolia to prophetic dreams. In between those two extremes are the bulk of my works.

      Thank you for your insightful comment. Much appreciated. πŸ˜€

  7. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing that in the web!

  8. sporterhall says:

    Beautiful artwork! Thank you so much for visiting my blog,liking,and following. I am now following you as I want to see more of your very interesting and unique art!

  9. Wonderful paintings! Glad you found my blog and thanks for the follow! 😊 much appreciated! I am following you now. Cheers.

  10. lumar1298 says:

    Thank hank you for stopping by my blog… Terrific paintings…

  11. Nil says:

    Thanks for passing by πŸ™‚

  12. Thank you so much for the follow!! Very flattering.
    Kind regards

  13. Norm 2.0 says:

    Hello Antonie. Thank you for your recent visit and follow on my blog. Though I don’t know nearly as much about painting as I do about photgraphy, I’m looking forward to reading and learning more about it here. You too have a new follower πŸ™‚

    • masqua says:

      Art is art, whether we are discussing photography or painting. It is all in how we see and react to the world, where we find beauty and where we see the underlying truths woven into form.

      Cheers πŸ™‚

  14. Judy says:

    Every time I stop over on this About age I admire this portrait of your wife. I really like her expression ..the eyes are wonderful…I love all the highlights and shading…gorgeous really!

    • masqua says:

      Thanks, Judy. She is still as lovely today as she was when we married al;most 45 years ago. The painting does her some little justice.

      • Judy says:

        Perhaps time for a new portrait!! I’ve been married almost 42 years now. Nice for the longevity with someone who knew you young. I have always had a theory about long marriages and all our worries about wrinkles. I figure that as nature dims our vision with age, we don’t see each others wrinkles with clarity and our visual memory fills in what we don’t see. Perhaps its a God-given soft focus which allows us to see that our spirits are really youthful and the marks of age irrelevant.

      • masqua says:


        Nicely stated, Judy. Seems your marriage is as long-standing as my own. I think we four are among a small minority these days, since I’ve read that 50% of marriages fail and that the trend is towards staying single anymore. It’s a different world.

        Maybe another portrait is due… yes.

  15. Su Leslie says:

    Thank you for following ZimmerBitch, and leading me to your blog. I’m really enjoying the images of your work.

    • masqua says:

      Thanks, Su, glad you did a tour of my site. The pic of the rain on the window in your blog struck me as being particularly gorgeous.

      • Su Leslie says:

        Thank you. It was a distressing shot to take. The fundraising sculpture exhibition I’m involved in is outdoors and opens next week. So much of our revenue comes from ticket sales and the less money we make, the less we can donate to Women’s Refuge. I don’t think I’ve ever followed weather forecasts so closely before. πŸ™‚

  16. Sam Rappaz says:

    Hi. Thank you for stopping by and liking my post. Your work is beautiful. Cheers. πŸ™‚

  17. alt.truisms says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Look forward to sharing more with you. xoxo Anais

  18. kinneret says:

    Hi, Antonie,
    Thank you for the visit. Your biography is so interesting. Enjoying your work as well. Thank you for sharing it in this forum! -ks

  19. Thanks for the follow. You have some incredibly beautiful work here.

  20. Hello Antonie, thank you for following my blog and I look forward to following the colour and creativity of yours. Best wishes, Phil Stanfield

    • masqua says:

      I read your preamble about mysticism and materialism and was immediately interested, Phil.

      • Thanks Antonie, it’s a tremendous (and has been, in the West, a tremendously suppressed) subject and generations of academics have a lot to answer for regarding it. In the early 90s Mark Cheetham (you may know him), who was then at the University of Western Ontario and is now at Toronto wrote ‘The Rhetoric of Purity’ in which he addressed the impact of mysticism/spirituality on modern art. His book was met with a thunderous silence in Australia. Now that pomo has run its course, mysticism is being increasingly researched and taught. Best wishes, Phil

      • masqua says:

        I was not aware of Mark Cheetham’s work, but will research his contributions, My sons, however, might be more in the know as both finished their studies at UWO and one went on to finish his doctorate (in philosophy) at UofT. Most of my artwork is related to mysticism, as you might note when looking at my paintings (look for the sub forum in my header). I enjoy the cognitive dissonance when comparing ancient mysticism to modern ideals.

  21. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks very much for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you will enjoy lots of entertaining writing and the wide variety of music. I usually post once a week. Please feel free to add comments. If it’s been a while since you visited come on over and see what’s new! Good luck with your blog. Regards Thom.

  22. Bipasha says:

    Hey M,
    Thanks so much for following my blog. You are welcome any time. Happy blogging!

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